Ten things to know about your new Kindle
A lot of people will get new Kindles today. These are ten things to know about it, in no particular order.
* You don’t need to turn it off. It’s better if it “sleeps”, usually. You can put it to sleep with the power switch, or just leave it and it will go to sleep on its own. When it is asleep, you’ll see a “sleep mode picture” on the screen. If you turn it off, the screen will be blank
* You don’t need to be connected to the Whispernet (the Kindle’s internet connection) to read. Download the books, and then you can read them anywhere
* Hit the Home button after you finish reading, and before it goes to sleep. This will help it know where you stopped
* Leave the Whispernet connection off unless you need it. If you go to do something with that needs the Whispernet, the Kindle will ask you if it is okay to turn it on. You won’t get your blogs, newspapers, and magazines without it on, though. Turn it on, pick up your subscription items, turn it off again. Having it on takes a lot more battery, and you usually don’t need it
* Recharge the battery in “the middle half”. That’s when it’s not in the first quarter and not in the last quarter
* There are lots of free books, and they are really free. That’s how you are going to avoid spending too much money with the 1-click purchasing
* Don’t squish your Kindle. They are pretty hardy, actually (they tend to survive drops, although I wouldn’t test that), but the screen can be damaged by too much pressure on it
* Don’t let your Kindle get super-hot or super cold. Normal use is fine…if you are comfortable, your Kindle is comfortable. I wouldn’t leave it in a hot car, though
* The books you get from the Kindle store are automatically backed up for you at Amazon. You can get to them from any of the devices on your account by going to the archives
* If your Kindle is lost or stolen, go to
and deregister it. Don’t wait. Also, call Amazon and tell them.
A few other points:
If your Kindle is having trouble, restart it: Home-Menu-Settings-Menu-Restart.
Search this blog for help on other issues (http://ilmk.wordpress.com).
Kindle Customer Service is great! You can reach them starting here:
There’s a button on the side that says Contact Us.
You can call them at
1-866-321-8851 (inside the US)
1-206-266-0927 (outside the US)
UK Kindleers, call 0800 496 2449.
One more big thing…for any questions or opinions (lots of opinions) , try the
You’ll typically get responses pretty quickly, and you’ll get all the news. It can be a lot of fun…but it may be as addictive as your Kindle itself.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.